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IL Bicentennial Speaker Series

2/18/2018 - 10/21/2018, 2 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

A special Bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, and continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. Reservations are not required.

February 18: “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,”  Dr. Samuel Wheeler
March 18: “This Land Was Your Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties,” Dr. Michael Wiant
April 15: “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way,”  Tara McClellan McAndrew
May 20: “Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads,” Dr. Norman Moline
June 17: “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle For Freedom,” Jeanne Schulz Angel
July 15: “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise” Mike Matejka
August 19: “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes,” Don Meyer
September 16: “Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017,” Laura Mueller
October 21: “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music To Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial,” Phil Passen


From Illinois to the White House Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama

3/23/2018 - 12/31/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield IL 62701
The exhibit will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more. Visitors will see amazing documents and artifacts, including Ronald Reagan’s yearbook from his high school days in Dixon, the table where Ulysses S. Grant’s accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender during the Civil War, an original draft of Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, and the briefcase Abraham Lincoln used as president. 


Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/10/2018 - 10/11/2018, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed, 801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62703

Each week the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week."

Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 



Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/16/2018 - 10/27/2018, Every Wednesday & Saturday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Springfield, 411 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701

The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.

The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House-a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!



Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection

6/30/2018 - 2/3/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Bicentennial and Beyond! exhibits artifacts from a variety of disciplines, including art, anthropology, archaeology, botany, decorative arts, geology, and zoology, chosen for the unique stories they tell about Illinois. Reflecting the fact that the complete story of Illinois goes well beyond the 200 years since statehood, artifacts will range from 400-million-year-old fossils to contemporary art. Visitors will see a helmet worn by a World War I soldier; a trunk brought by German immigrants in 1852; a core segment from Route 66; a piece of contemporary art created of cowhide; an Olney albino gray tree squirrel mount; and a portrait miniature done by an itinerant Illinois artist, among many other treasures. Visitors will explore, discover, learn, and share the history, prehistory, and natural history of Illinois through the featured objects and the fascinating stories behind them. 



Disney On Ice presents Frozen

9/20/2018 - 9/23/2018, Th - Fr: 7 pm; Sa: 11 am, 3 pm & 7pm; Su: 11 am & 3 pm
The BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Springfield, IL 62701
Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Be a part of Anna’s adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join Olaf, Kristoff and Sven as they encounter wintry conditions and mystical trolls in a race to bring back summer. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, your whole family will sing along to unforgettable music and be delighted with special appearances by the Disney Princesses, Woody, Buzz, Dory and more. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for! *Note: Costumes not permitted for guests 14 years & older.


17th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival

9/21/2018 - 9/23/2018, Friday: 6 pm - 10 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm
Downtown Springfield, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701

Celebrate the Golden Age of Route 66…the cars, the music, the food, the friends……all brought together along Illinois’ Route 66.

Over 1,100 cool cars and 85,000 spectators, hot music and free entertainment will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown for this Route 66 celebration!



Museum Day Live

9/22/2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
The Illinois State Museum is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit smithsonian.com/museumday to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the State Museum. Child and senior admission is always free. 


Biodiversity Live! Family Event

9/22/2018, 11 am - 3 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
Illinois has a rich biodiversity just waiting for you to explore. Join us at the Illinois State Museum and discover Illinois’ biodiversity through games activities, and crafts. Learn about famous women scientists, plant your own native plants, and more.  Wildlife Prairie Park will be doing two live animal presentations at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. 
 
September 22 is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit smithsonian.com/museumday to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the State Museum. Child and senior admission is always free. 
 
Family event activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up each month and are included with Museum admission.


Rockballet - Love the '90s

9/22/2018, 7 pm
Sangamon Auditorium, One University Plaza Springfield, IL 62703

A one night only powerhouse performance by the Springfield Ballet Company. Featuring music by U2, No Doubt and more!  A vivid and exciting mix of adventurous choreography, memorable music and high-intensity dancing.

Rockballet ‘Love the ‘90s brought to you by Carrollton Bank and Valco Awards and More, promises to be an unforgettable performance.



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